Chien-Ming Wang to work out for Yankees

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Chien-Ming Wang
Wang, pitching in the World Baseball Classic. (Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will work out for the Yankees and is "in contact with several teams," according to a New York Post report.

Wang had a 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP last season for the Nationals in 32 1/3 innings, which included five starts and five relief appearances.

It's interesting to note that Wang still isn't old; he'll turn 33 on March 31. He hasn't been the same in the majors since that interleague foot injury in 2008. Check out the splits:

Pre-injury: 54-20, 3.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Post-injury: 7-12, 6.39 ERA, 1.68 WHIP

If Wang could get back to his old self, he'd obviously be of help to any big-league club. For whatever it's worth -- probably not much -- he was awesome in the World Baseball Classic for Chinese Taipei. In two starts, he threw 12 scoreless innings while allowing 11 baserunners (0.92 WHIP).

If Phil Hughes can get back to the rotation in time for the season -- he is recovering from a bulging disc in his back -- the Yankees will have five starters in CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and Hughes. Michael Pineda could also factor in down the road as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Wang would provide rotation depth.

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